Here’s all the coronavirus related news that’s gone on in Sussex over the last 24 hours
As of Saturday (April, 25) at 7am, the following figures are the known number of Covid-19 cases in each district:
Brighton and Hove: 337
East Sussex: 491
West Sussex: 974
Sussex’s NHS, care providers, councils, police, fire, and ambulance services are making an impassioned plea to the public to continue to stay at home to stop the spread of Covid-19.
The members of the Sussex Resilience Forum are also sharing a video made by a team of frontline workers.
With a sunny weekend just around the corner🌞, key workers keeping #Sussex safe in the face of #covid19 ask you to support them as #SussexTogether #StayHome #StaySafe #StayHomeSaveLives pic.twitter.com/tg4SfuvS36
— Sussex Resilience #StayHomeSaveLives (@SussexRF) April 24, 2020
Since last Friday (April, 17), Police have handed out 74 fines for breaching coronavirus lockdown measures.
Excuses have been listed by police, including a man collecting a Bonsai tree at 2am, and another arriving from London to take photos of the starts at Beachy Head.
Be proud of your contribution to this crisis – don’t be the person stopped for
🚗 Collecting a Bonsai at 2am
🚗 Driving from London to photograph the stars at Beachy Head
🚗 Driving from Manchester to visit a friend in Brighton
— Sussex Police #StayHomeSaveLives (@sussex_police) April 25, 2020
Crawley MP Henry Smith spoke to More Radio about a number of businesses in the ‘Gatwick diamond’ that will suffer because they rely on people using the airport.
He warned the government of an ‘impending collapse’ of the travel industry surrounding Gatwick, and is calling for urgent action.
I’m continuing my representations on behalf of #Crawley and #Gatwick travel and aviation workers, companies, plus consumers by writing to the Business Secretary on further support for this vital, local/national economic driver get through the CV19 crisis. https://t.co/f1Q6aOlTpe
— Henry Smith MP 🇬🇧 (@HenrySmithUK) April 23, 2020
Cost of the coronavirus
Brighton and Hove City council have asked the government for more help to cover the cost of the coronavirus pandemic, at an estimated £30million.
Officials said existing funding helps rough sleepers and small businesses but leaves a funding gap for lost income such as parking charges and unpaid council tax bills.
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